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Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research: Transcending the Boundaries. Edited by D.K. Nauriyal, Michael S. Drummond, Y.B. Lal. Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism. Routledge, 2010 [Paperback]. 522 pages.

Written by leading scholars and including a foreword by the Dalai Lama, Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research: Transcending the Boundaries explores the interface between Buddhist studies and the uses of Buddhist principles and practices in psychotherapy and consciousness studies. The contributors present a compelling collection of articles that illustrate the potential of Buddhist informed social sciences in contemporary society, including new insights into the nature of human consciousness.

The book examines the origins and expressions of Buddhist thought and how it is now being utilized by psychologists and social scientists, and also discusses the basic tenets of Buddhism and contemporary Buddhist-based empirical research in the psychological sciences. Further emphasis is placed on current trends in the areas of clinical and cognitive psychology, and on the Mahayana Buddhist understanding of consciousness with reference to certain developments in consciousness studies and physics.
A welcome addition to the current literature, the works in this remarkable volume ably demonstrate how Buddhist principles can be used to develop a deeper understanding of the human condition and behaviours that lead to a balanced and fulfilling life.

Foreword HH the Dalai Lama

Part 1: An Understanding of Consciousness from Traditional Buddhist Philosophical Perspectives
1. The First-person Perspective in Postmodern Psychology John Pickering
2. The Spiritual Significance of Emptiness in Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhyamakakarika William Ames
3. A Comparative Study of the âlaya-vijñana as Seen from the Yogacara and Dzogchen Perspectives David F. Germano and William Waldron
4. Rangjung Dorje’s Variegations of Mind: Ordinary Awareness and Pristine Awareness in Tibetan Buddhist Literature Michael R. Sheehy
5. Nirvàna and Neuroscience: The Self-Liberating Brain Guy Claxton
6. Vacuum States of Consciousness: A Tibetan Buddhist View B. Alan Wallace
7. The Co-Emergence of the Knower and the Known: A Comparison between Madhyamaka and Kant’s Epistemology Michel Bitbol
8. The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Neuroscience and Happiness Owen Flanagan, Jr
9. The Co-arising of Self and Object, World, and Society: Buddhist and Scientific Approaches William S. Waldron
10. Tibetan Buddhism and Jungian Psychology Victor Mansfield

Part 2: Mental Afflictions: Their Arising and Deconstruction
11. Mindfulness in the Pàli Nikàyas Analayo
12. The Transformative Impact of Non-Self Andrew Olendzki
13. Tsong-kha-pa’s Gradual Path System for Ending Mental Afflictions and his Methods for Countering Anger James Apple
14. Western Science Meets Eastern Wisdom to Experience Bodily Feelings Michael S. Drummond
15. Zen Koan and Mental Health: The Art of Not Deceiving Yourself Mu Soeng
16. Buddhism in the West: The Primacy of Meditation Practice Christopher D. Tori
17. Destructive Emotions Daniel Goleman
18. Finding the Middle Way: A Multi-Domain Model of Meditation in the Treatment of Compulsive Eating Jean Kristeller and James W. Jones
19. Mindfulness Meditation in the Prevention and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors G. Alan Marlatt, Sarah Bowen, George A. Parks, Anil Coumar
20. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression John D. Teasdale
21. The Psychological Processes Underlying Mindfulness: Exploring the Link Between Buddhism and Modern Contextual Behavioral Psychology Steven C. Hayes, Chad Shenk, Akihiko Masuda, Kara Bunting
22. Buddhist Practice and Emotional Intelligence: Finding the Convergence Joseph Ciarrochi
23. Mindfulness and Enactment in Psychoanalysis Jeremy D. Safran
24. Contribution of Modern Psychological Methods to the Attainment of Buddhist Goals Marvin Levine

Epilogue: Where We Are and Where We Are Likely to Go Christopher D. Tori and D. K. Nauriyal

The Upaya’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, as reported on is based on the work of the late Francisco Varela and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Upaya’s Buddhist Chaplaincy visionary two-year program brings together science, systems theory, practice, and humanism in a powerful way with Roshi Joan Halifax, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Sensei Fleet Maull, Father John Dear, Rabbi Malka Drucker, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and an exceptional faculty next year.

Next year’s core faculty includes Roshi Joan Halifax, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Sensei Fleet Maull, Cheri Maples, and Merle Lefkoff. The Chaplaincy Scholarship Fund has been created to offer tuition scholarships for outstanding students who would not otherwise be able to attend Upaya’s two-year Buddhist Chaplaincy Program.

The Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program focuses on altruistic and compassionate service, and on social transformation from a systems perspective. The training is intended to prepare people to have the skillful means to transform all forms of suffering, including suffering induced by structural violence. The Chaplaincy Training is part of the Zen Peacemaker Order, a leader in integrating spiritual practice with social action. The training is based on the premise that those doing ministerial work are endeavoring to serve and heal not only individuals, but environments and social systems as well. Thus, chaplaincy is conceived as compassionate service from the point of view of systems change, a deep healing that takes place in concentric circles, from intrapsychic and interpersonal to environmental and global. This approach, based on complexity and systems theory and Buddhist philosophy, is radically innovative and is the theoretical, practical, and compassionate basis of the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program.

Over the last 20 years, we have seen a huge growth in the presence of Buddhism in the West and what it has to offer as a way of life and a means for transforming suffering in the world. During the two-year training program, faculty and students study suffering, its causes, the end of suffering, and the way that suffering can be transformed (the Four Noble Truths). Our studies, practices, processes, and projects are all based in the profound motivation to end suffering in the world and in our lives. The “how” of this altruistic intention is the heart of our training.

Areas of Training:

* Theoretical, Scientific, and Practical Bases of Service
o Introduction to systems and complexity theory.
o A new model of service: Living systems and trans-local perspectives
o Exploration of emergence and robustness
o How to intervene in a system for social change
o Buddhist philosophy and psychology of social and environmental responsibility
o Buddhist perspectives on the relevance of interdependence, causality, and impermanence in terms of social service
o Exploration of neural substrates of attention, compassion, altruism

* Engaged Buddhism
o Introduction to history, ethics, vision of service and social action, and the function of a chaplain in our changing world
o The Five Buddha Family Mandala as a systems model for chaplaincy training
o Essentials of Buddha Dharma and chaplain practice
o Ritual process and rites of passage
o Meditation practices as a base of chaplaincy

* Transforming Suffering
o Exploration of direct and structural violence, social service and social action
o Exploring issues related to moral and spiritual pain
o Training in recognizing compassion fatigue and working with secondary trauma
o Practices for care of others and self care, including identifying the signs of stress
o Perspectives on care of the environment and the creation of sane environmental policies
o Fostering ecological sustainability as a basis of compassion

* Ethics, Relationship and Communication
o The creation of networks and communities of practice
o Buddhist ethics and pitfalls on the path
o Relationship-centered care
o Exploring communication skills for use in complex situations
o Mediation skills
o Council training
o Cultural humility in a multi-cultural world

* Defining Ministries
o Compassionate end-of-life care
o Prison ministry
o Environmental ministry
o Peacemakers
o Interfaith and multi-faith ministry
o Women’s ministry
o System’s ministry

* Applications
o Creating and sustaining global and local chaplaincy programs

Upaya is a residential Zen Buddhist practice and social service community, serving many people each year through our retreats and social action projects. Our vision focuses on the integration of practice and social action, bringing together wisdom and compassion. Upaya provides a context for community practice and education in Buddhism and social service in the areas of death and dying, prison work, the environment, women’s rights, and peace-work. We endeavor to fulfill the vision of the Five Buddha Family Mandala by understanding the integration of all of its functions from a systems theory perspective. We hold a vision of Buddhism that is integrated, interconnected, and process-oriented and is based on the integration of our spirituality, education, livelihood, service, and community.

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